Report 2011-121 Recommendation Responses

Report 2011-121: Probationers' Domestic Violence Payments: Improved Processes for Managing and Distributing These Payments Could Increase Support for Local Shelters (Release Date: September 2012)

Recommendation for Legislative Action

To ensure consistent assessment, collection, and allocation of domestic violence payments, the Legislature should consider clarifying whether it intends for the domestic violence payment to be a fine or a fee and, similarly, whether collections entities should allocate the domestic violence payment to the payment priority category known as fines and penalty assessments or whether the payments belong in the other reimburseable costs category.

Description of Legislative Action

AB 139 (Chapter 144, Statutes of 2013), signed by the governor on August 26, 2013, clarifies that the $500 payment is a fee, not a fine.

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Partially Implemented

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